If there’s one collection I’ve been loving over the past few years it has to be the award winning La Roche-Posay Effaclar range. Created to help people with oily and blemish-prone skin their products not only correct but hydrate too. As anyone with combination or oily skin knows, there’s a lot to be said for a formula that can achieve both without leaving an awful shine. No wonder one of their famous Effaclar Duo[+]’s* is sold every ten seconds around the world.

A few weeks ago La Roche-Posay extended their range once again and introduced the Effacular Duo[+] SPF 30* (review coming soon!) and the Effaclar Purifying Mask* which I wanted to talk about today….


Effaclar Purifying Mask: Courtesy of La Roche-Posay.


Let’s cut to the chase – I love this product. The tube style packaging makes it super easy to use, administering a small amount of mask every time I squeeze. It smells lovely and fresh and only has to be left on for 5 minutes meaning I can apply it just before or whilst I’m in the shower. A little seems to go a long way and a thin layer is all I need. Best of all? It’s the ingredients.

This mask has Cellulobeads™ which create a deep cleansing sensation whilst absorbing oil and removing impurities from the skin. It also contains PanthenolB5 which helps to prevent the overproduction of sebum and inflammation by soothing the skin. It also has Argilla and Kaolin.

I love Kaolin because it reminds me of happy times at Beauty School where we would make our own face masks and use them on clients or each other. Kaolin’s a clever ingredient as it has the ability to soak up sebum and excess oil from the pores. Argilla is similar but tends to remove it from the surface rather than deep within.

Used once or twice a week the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Mask instantly leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and smooth. As it absorbs and removes excess sebum my pores always look much smaller in size. Its non-drying formula is fab as if you dry the skin out too much it can have an adverse effect. Skin tends to produce more sebum if it thinks it’s being stripped of it’s natural oil. Luckily this isn’t something this mask does and for that reason it gets a massive thumbs up from me.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Mask is currently on offer at Boots here for just £8.25. That’s incredibly good value for a 100ml tube.

What do you think of La Roche-Posay?

Have you tried anything from this brand?

Carly x


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  • I am a huge fan of the Effaclar range and currently use the Effaclar Duo + tinted a lot on my days off.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby, Backpacking

  • Violette

    I love La Roche Posay! Thanks for the review!

    • It’s a fab brand isn’t it? Thanks for reading! X

  • Yiotou_La

    You know I love masks and I must try this asap!!! My oily skin would love this and I also have large pores that need extra treatment to make them look smaller. Happy Friday Carly!! x


    • I’m sure you won’t be disappointed Yiota. Happy Friday lovely. xx

  • Taylor Kerling

    I try new masks all the time, so this will definitely be on my list of masks to try! Thanks xx

  • I freaking love facial masks so I look forward this! I hope it will launch in Canada soon!

    • Fingers crossed! Do they have the brand there Shireen? X

      • Yes! It’s sold where I work too so I will really keep an eye out for it. xx

  • I really wanted to love this range, but my skin is SO incredibly sensitive, in spite of also being acne/blemish prone, so it didn’t work for me 🙁 I’ve heard nothing but great things from everyone else who’s tried it, now including yourself! Everyone who tries it to treat their acne seems to really love the results. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!



    • Oh that’s such a shame Jalisa. I don’t really get spots anymore (well maybe the odd one or two) but I have combination skin so I find this range works well for that. What skin type do you have just out of interest? Have a lovely weekend. Xx

  • Dominique

    La Roche Posay is such a great brand and is perfect for sensitive skin. Great review hunny xx

  • I love the Effacer Range! I wish it was easier to get my hands on their products, They don’t sell them where I currently. I also know that their european and american formulations are different. But I will definitely want to try this mask out as I love anything revolving Kaoline / Clay mask.


    • Ohh I didn’t know that their European and American formulas are different! I agree – clay masks are fab! Xx

  • I love La Roche-Posay, and I love face masks. I need to get my hands on this beauty!

    • I’m sure you won’t be disappointed if you do! Thanks for reading! X

  • clare⭐

    I used to love la roche posay! This sounds amazing 🙂

    • Such a good brand! This mask is fab. I’ll def repurchase. : ) xxxx

  • This sounds exquisite! I love this brand.

    Lots of love from Mollie xxx |

  • I love La Roche Posay cosmetics! I need to chceck this one too 🙂

  • I love this brand, as it has some amazing products and it’s affordable!

    Have a lovely day!

    Kris |

    • Yes, I can’t get over how affordable is actually. Incredibly good value for money. x

  • I’m a huge fan of the Effaclar range as most anti-blemish and oily ranges are SO bad for just drying out skin. Love the sound of this mask, definitely adding it to my skincare wish list!

    The Makeup Directory

    • I totally agree. Products like that cause an adverse effect eventually. What’s worse is the acid mantle is gradually stripped and dryness isn’t always visible straight away. This makes it difficult for people to work out what the problem is. x

  • This sounds like such an amazing purifying mask.

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    This seems like an interesting product – I really like the idea of the oil absorbing aspect of it.
    I am wanting to google the Cellulobeads though – I am not sure what they are and products with beads in them are actually banned in Australia because the beads was down the sink and are too small to get screened out again…

    Set to Glow

    • That’s a really good point Kiri! La Roche-Posay don’t put any micro plastics in their products. Cellulobeads are actually a natural alternative. The UK are in the process of banning microbeads too but I don’t think it’s happening until 2018. xx

  • I’ve never heard of La Roce-Posay Effaclar but now I’m dying to try it. This purifying mask looks great, I wish I could try it.

    • Do they sell La Roche-Posay where you are Mary? x

  • This sounds like a great one! I love how inexpensive it is as well. Need to try it!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Unbelievably inexpensive. : ) Thanks for reading Nicole! xx

  • Lydia May

    Sounds great and good value, I need to check it out!!

    • Def. I’m sure you’ll love it if you have oily or combination skin. xx

  • I can imagine this is really good to use on the skin and would be really clarifying. This brand is really good value for money – I will be checking this out xx

    • I love how it leaves my skin – all matt and smooth! xx

  • I try to use a mask a few times a week and am always looking for a good one. I’ve never tried this brand but it sounds amazing!

    Doused In Pink

  • Bernadette

    This mask sounds so awesome. x

  • Graciella Shiaryn

    I’ve never tried this brand but this mask sounds great!


  • That is one brand I have never tried. I’ll have to check it out!

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    I really like the products from La Roche-Posay and I really have to give this mask a try 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing dear <3
    xx, Carmen –

  • I love their line! I have on their moisturizer rightt now